DAVID Cameron has admitted that he has not yet delivered the face-to-face apology to the Queen he promised after claiming that she “purred” with pleasure after Scotland’s rejection of independence.
Downing Street has already contacted Buckingham Palace to offer the Prime Minister’s apologies and Mr Cameron has said he will say sorry in person when he next meets the Queen for one of his regular audiences.
He made the gaffe during a private conversation with US media tycoon Michael Bloomberg during a visit to New York last week, which was overheard by television cameras.
Asked whether he had given his apologies to the Queen about the incident yet, Mr Cameron told ITV1’s Good Morning Britain: “My office has already registered that very strongly with the Palace and I will do so in person when we next have our audience.
“But I think I have probably said enough about those audiences, so I won’t say any more.”
As the Prime Minister and Mr Bloomberg arrived for a press photo-opportunity last week, Mr Cameron smiled broadly as he recalled how he was able to tell the Queen it was “all right” after the referendum resulted in a victory for the No camp.
“The definition of relief, if you are Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is ringing up Her Majesty the Queen and saying ‘Your Majesty, it is all right, it’s OK’,” Mr Cameron said.
“That was something. She purred down the line.”